Warren L. Maye is the editor-in-chief of SACONNECTS, the Salvation Army’s award–winning lifestyle magazine, published in English, Spanish, and Korean. He is the author of “Soldiers of Uncommon Valor: The History of Salvationists of African Descent in the United States” (The Salvation Army, 2008) and “When God Calls: The Heart and Ministry of a Holiness Preacher, Rev. Dr. V. Seymour Cole” (Nazarene Publishing House, 2012). He has also co–authored several books. Warren is a board member for EPA. He is also a member of the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) and the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB). From September 11, 2002 to July 6, 2003 over 1 million visitors saw the exhibition “September 11: Bearing Witness to History” at the Smithsonian’s, National Museum of American History that included Warren’s 9/11 photos. He earned a B.F.A., from Parsons School of Design and the New School for Social Research and a M.A., from Fordham University. He is a Society of Illustrators award winner, Scholastic Magazines scholar, and former 90.7 WFUV FM co–host and first voice of “Cityscape,” a weekly talk show addressing New York City issues.
Paul Asay is a senior associate editor at Plugged In, a ministry that reaches more than 6 million people with movie reviews that help people understand popular cultural trends and how they intersect with spiritual issues. Paul is an award-winning journalist who covered religion at The (Colorado Springs) Gazette and whose work has been published by such outlets as The Washington Post, Christianity Today, Youth Worker Journal and Beliefnet.com.
C. McNair Wilson is a corporate creativity coach and conference speaker—with clients from Apple Computer to the Salvation Army. McNair captures the creative spirit from ministry professionals, NASA engineers, medical workers, to educators, parents groups, and media execs from London to LA.
His latest book is HATCH!: Brainstorming Secrets of a Theme Park Designer. McNair was a concept designer, “thinking up” for entirely new parks and major attractions for existing parks. The majority of this work was on staff as a Disney Imagineer (design teams for 5 new parks): Disney-MGM Studios, Pleasure Island (Adventurers Club, etc.) and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. He was lead Imagineer for the concept and design team that dreamt up the now-legendary Tower of Terror.
McNair is a frequent contributor as cartoonist, writer, cover concepts, and film critic. He was the art director for The Wittenburg Door. He continues to provide brainstorming and creative coaching consultations, training executives and ministry professionals to take their communications skills to higher levels of effectiveness.
Filmmaker, writer, media consultant, and founder of Cooke Media Group, Phil Cooke has produced media programming in more than 60 countries around the world. He’s created and produced many of the most influential and successful Christian and inspirational TV programs in history, and his book “Unique: Telling Your Story in the Age of Brands and Social Media” is changing the way church and ministry leaders engage today’s culture with the gospel. Co-written with Jonathan Bock, “The Way Back: How Christians Blew Our Credibility and How We Win it Back” takes a hard look at why today—particularly in the media—Christians are dismissed as irrelevant. His new book is “Maximize Your Influence: How to Make Digital Media Work for Your Church, Your Ministry, and You.” It’s the ultimate reference book for pastors and Christian leaders in today’s digital age. He’s been called “one of the most innovative communicators of our generation.” In addition to writing his popular blog at philcooke.com, he also blogs for The Huffington Post, and has been a contributor to Fast Company, Forbes.com, Wired.com, and FoxNews.com and is a visiting professor at Oral Roberts University.
Robb Erickson leads marketing and strategy at King Grizzly. He has a passion for helping brands grow online and spends his days supporting business owners and their marketing teams. You’ll typically find him doing things like SEO research, PPC advertising, content marketing, and website strategy.
Brian Erickson leads design and website development at King Grizzly. Driven by relentless curiosity, he loves partnering with like-minded clients across a wide range of industries. With extensive experience inside and outside of the publishing industry, Brian is able to combine the best of both worlds solving new publishing projects.
After more then 32 years at the San Francisco Chronicle, the Lord moved Gary Fong to start the Genesis Photo Agency in 2003. Genesis Photos is a group of professional photographers with a dream of elevating the effectiveness of photography in evangelical and secular publications around the world.
Fong started at the San Francisco Chronicle in 1975 as a photographer, receiving countless awards for his groundbreaking coverage and brought a unique photographic style to the bay area. He was promoted to the Director of Photography in 1987, and promoted again in 1994 to the Director of Editorial Graphics Technology, where he designed the migration from a conventional B&W “wet” lab to digital photography and wireless transmission sent from anywhere in the world.
Fong’s major stories covered include the1989 earthquake in San Francisco, the St. Helens Volcano eruption in Washington State, Pope John Paul II’s visit to San Francisco in 1988, the Democratic National Convention in 1984, and the assassination attempt on President Gerald Ford in 1976. Fong has served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prize and judge for the annual National Press Photographer’s Pictures of the Year.
His awards include an unprecedented five time, Photographer of the Year, from the SFBAPP and two time, California Press Photographer of the Year.
He is one of the founders and president of Christians in Photojournalism.
Trillia Newbell is the author of the kids’ books Creative God, Colorful Us and God’s Very Good Idea, a Bible study on Hebrews 11, A Great Cloud of Witnesses, and a Bible study on Romans 8, If God Is For Us, as well as the books Sacred Endurance: Finding Grace and Strength for a Lasting Faith, Enjoy: Finding the Freedom to Delight Daily in God’s Good Gifts (2016), Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves (2015) and United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity (2014). Her writings on issues of faith, family, and diversity have been published in the Knoxville News-Sentinel, Desiring God, True Woman, Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, and more. She was also a commentator for World Radio (a sister platform for World Magazine). She has spoken at numerous conferences, churches, women’s retreats, colleges and seminaries, including True Woman, The Gospel Coalition Women’s conference, Southeastern Theological Seminary, and more. She spent seven years serving as the Director of Community Outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention. She is currently an acquisitions editor for Moody Publishers.
Ron Hunter Jr., Ph.D. is the executive director and CEO of Randall House Publishing for the past 18 years. Dr. Hunter’s doctorate is in the field of leadership with a core of business from the Cook School of Leadership at Dallas Baptist University. Earlier he graduated from the University of Colorado, a top 25 school in the field of non-profit management, with his masters in public administration. He wrote curriculum for the masters in the leadership program at Dallas Baptist University where he is an adjunct professor teaching both leadership and family ministry, also at a Master’s level. Within his expertise, he has been a sought after speaker and consultant for organizations like the U.S. Army, Hasbro, the University of Alabama, Americare, The Gideon’s International, Orange County Public Schools, and numerous churches and other nonprofit organizations. Dr. Hunter has written policy, taught policy, and been part of board development for several organizations. He has written over 70 articles for various magazines and authored or helped author four books, Toy Box Leadership, from Thomas Nelson, Youth Ministry in the 21st Century – 5 Views, from Baker Academic, The DNA of D6: Building Blocks of Generational Discipleship and Recalibrate: A New Measure for Family Ministry from Randall House.
Jerry Jenkins is former editor of Moody Magazine and former Vice President for Publishing at Moody Press. He is the author of 196 books, including 21 New York Times bestsellers with sales of more than 71 million copies. His novel, Left Behind, was named one of America’s 100 favorite books by PBS’s Great American Read. He’s a member of the Colorado Authors Hall of Fame. He owns the Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild with more than 2,000 online students. Jerry’s writing has appeared in Time, Reader’s Digest, Parade, Guideposts, and dozens of other periodicals. He also served for many years as a contributing editor to Writer’s Digest. He’s a former EPA board chair and is a Member Emeritus.
Dean Merrill is a member of EPA’s Legacy Council, having led award-winning EPA publications, such as Leadership Journal, Focus on the Family magazine, and Christian Herald, for more than two decades. He served a term as EPA President (1985-87) and has been a frequent contest judge. He is now an independent author/collaborator living in Colorado Springs whose books have won ECPA Gold Medallions and even made The New York Times bestseller lists.
Esther Nyaga is publishing manager of Publishing Institute of Africa (PIA) a Nairobi-based organization specializing in trade, professional, and educational publishing. She is also the editor of Leadership Today Africa magazine and has edited a variety of books on prayer, marriage, money, strategic planning, and other topics. Esther facilitated a writing workshop in Nairobi and was on the LittWorld 2012 organizing committee. She is a leadership and governance doctoral student at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. She earned an M.A. in leadership from PAC University and a B.Comm in marketing from the University of Nairobi. Esther is a graduate of MTI’s Editing the Magazine course in Nairobi.
Sevil Omer is an award-winning professional with extensive journalism and communications expertise. Sevil is a former NBC News journalist and Gannett editor with 20+ years of experience managing newsrooms, creative content development teams and strategy for digital and mobile platforms. As senior communications manager for World Vision, Sevil seeks to bring innovative and compelling storytelling to readers and elevating staff development and organizational mission.
Steve Rabey is a veteran author and journalist who has published more than 50 books (including the bestsellers “Rachel’s Tears” and “The Lessons of St. Francis”) and written/reported more than 2,000 articles on religion, spirituality, and culture, in dozens of EPA publications as well as The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, etc. Steve was also an instructor at Fuller and Denver seminaries and the U. S. Air Force Academy.
Bob Smietana is a veteran religion journalist who has investigated megachurch leaders, Christian nonprofits, and leaders of abusive congregations over the past two decades. He is the editor-in-chief of Religion News Service, a national news organization focused on nonsectarian coverage of faith, spirituality and values. He is a past president of the Religion News Association, former religion reporter for the Tennessean in Nashville, and former senior news editor for Christianity Today.
Lou Ann Sabatier is a solution-oriented advisor who collaborates on strategies and ideas that change the course of ministry and business. During her 36+ years of experience as a publisher, trainer, and consultant, Sabatier has been deeply involved in strategic planning, business development, content strategy, business and financial management, audience development, revenue development, digital media, and operations management. As principal and lead consultant at Sabatier Consulting, she works with clients to diagnose their needs and offer creative and efficient solutions.
Patricia Raybon is an award-winning author, essayist, and novelist who writes at the daring intersection of faith and race. Her books include My First White Friend, winner of the Christopher Award, I Told the Mountain to Move, about her struggle to learn to pray, that was a Christianity Today Book of the Year finalist, and Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace, coauthored with her younger daughter Alana Raybon. Her first fiction is a 1920s murder mystery series about a young Black theologian—a fan of Sherlock Holmes—solving crime in Colorado’s dangerous Ku Klux Klan era. Its debut title, All That Is Secret, was a Parade Magazine pick for its Fall 2021 “Mysteries We Love” and a Masterpiece on PBS “Best Mystery Books of 2021: As Recommended by Bestselling Authors.” It also was a CrimeReads’ “Best Debut Novels” pick for October 2021 and a BookBub “16 Best Historical Mysteries of 2021” selection. A former Sunday magazine editor at The Denver Post, Patricia has written essays on faith and race for the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, USA Today, USAWeekend, Guideposts, In Touch Magazine, Christianity Today, the Washington Post and aired on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition. She’s also a regular contributor for Our Daily Bread.
John Stonestreet serves as president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He’s a sought-after author and speaker on areas of faith and culture, theology, worldview, education and apologetics. John is the daily voice of BreakPoint, the nationally syndicated commentary on the culture founded by the late Chuck Colson. He is also the voice of the Point, a daily one-minute feature on worldview, apologetics and cultural issues. Before coming to the Colson Center in 2010, John served in various leadership capacities with Summit Ministries and was on the biblical studies faculty at Bryan College (TN). John has co-authored four books: A Practical Guide to Culture, Restoring All Things, Same-Sex Marriage, and Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview. John holds degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Bryan College.
Marshall Shelley is director of the DMin program at Denver Seminary. For 34 years, he served as editor (of Leadership Journal and other magazines) and eventually as vice president at Christianity Today International. His books include Well-Intentioned Dragons, The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham, and (as general editor) The Quest Study Bible.
Diane J. McDougall believes that the best articles result from a trusting partnership between creator and editor. She specializes in magazine writing/editing and memoir editing, with clients ranging from the faith-based nonprofit world (including numerous EPA members) to higher education. She’s now available via McDougall Editorial for freelance writing and editing, and the coaching of writers and editors.
Jeremy Weber is director of CT Global, a worldwide expansion of Christianity Today that will fulfill Billy Graham’s founding vision by building a “central nervous system” for the global body of Christ. CT’s thought-provoking media ministry reaches about 150,000 readers in print and 3.5 million online monthly, with 1/3 coming outside the US, and was named the best religion magazine in 2017 and 2018 by both the Evangelical Press Association (EPA) and the secular Religion News Association (RNA). An award-winning journalist and editor based in Chicago, Jeremy has visited 40 countries and in 2017 received 1st place reporting awards from both EPA and RNA. He graduated from Wheaton College (IL), has worked at CT for 11 years, and has presented at EPA, Magazine Training International, LittWorld, and other events.
Joyce K. Ellis has been writing and editing for more than forty-five years. She has published hundreds of articles and 18 books, including the humorous grammar book, Write with Excellence 201, the picture book, The Fabulous World That God Made, and her new interactive devotional book for men and women, Our Heart Psalms. She is the former assistant editor of two EPA publications.
Terry Whalin has been blogging since 2008 and has one of the top writing blogs online. He has written for more than 50 magazines and is the author of more than 60 books including Billy Graham, A Biography of America’s Greatest Evangelist, Jumpstart Your Publishing Dreams, and Insider Secrets to Skyrocket Your Success. He is an acquisitions editor at Morgan James Publishing.
Geoff’s passion is to inspire people to be a living witness of God’s love in the world. He speaks regularly on the common fears and barriers that prevent Jesus followers from accepting their role – and actively participating – in God’s mission of love and compassion. His heart beats to encourage people to step beyond the safety of their comfort zones and experience the joy and freedom that comes with servanthood. He has authored two books, The Family Business (Tyndale) and Love Child (to be released in 2022) and has led speaking engagements and workshops in more than 10 countries for churches, ministries, and conferences.
Geoff holds an MBA from Concordia University Irvine and has spent the lion’s share of his professional life in global marketing. Years of research in multiple countries around the world has afforded Geoff a unique window into the hearts of Christians. Geoff’s ability to see beyond the surface and identify real motivators among Christian audiences has translated into years of practical experience helping ministries engage more effectively with their people.
Currently, Geoff is global Chief Marketing Officer at Operation Mobilisation (OM) International. He previously served on the executive teams of international ministries like publishing firm David C Cook and humanitarian aid organization Compassion International.
Larry Weeden is a veteran of Christian publishing, having previously worked for Moody Publishers, Christian Herald, Thomas Nelson, and Christianity Today’s Leadership Journal. He now serves as Editor in Chief, Book Publishing, at Focus on the Family. He has also written more than 20 books.
Jon Hirst is the Chief Innovation Officer at SIL International. He has over 20 years of experience bringing global mission, innovation and communications together in service to the Kingdom. Early in his career, he was hired by One Hope to help launch one of the early interactive evangelistic websites for young people. Jon went on to start two companies focused on serving nonprofit organizations with innovation, strategy, content and technology solutions. Jon has been a part of start-ups in fundraising and digital publishing and, most recently, he was CEO for GMI (Global Mapping International).